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Eastern Europe

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 – the 20th anniversary of which seems to have caught so many people by surprise – Eastern Europe has reclaimed its former glory as a thriving, diverse region. It now welcomes an increasing number of visitors who are keen to experience the wide range of sights, tastes and sounds available to travellers from any background.

The Orheiul Vechi rock monastery of Moldova is a museum complex exhibiting remains from different civilizations that lived between the Nistru and Prut rivers. It is situated 60km from Chisinau in a narrow, rocky bend of the Raut River Valley. The remains of the first human settlement are located in cliff caves, while atop the cliff are vestiges of an ancient fortification (5th- to 3rd-century BC) built by the Geto-Dacian people.

The Orheiul Vechi rock monastery of Moldova is a museum complex exhibiting remains from different civilizations that lived between the Nistru and Prut rivers. It is situated 60km from Chisinau in a narrow, rocky bend of the Raut River Valley. The remains of the first human settlement are located in cliff caves, while atop the cliff are vestiges of an ancient fortification (5th- to 3rd-century BC) built by the Geto-Dacian people.

The UN defines Eastern Europe as being made up of 10 countries – Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine – but we’ve added the Baltic republics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and the continental frontier country of Georgia, since the area’s political, religious and cultural qualities don’t split cleanly along its borders.

While a shared heritage means that there are compelling regional similarities, there’s also an inspiring amount of diversity. Even a short journey through Eastern Europe is enough to guarantee a genuinely rich range of experiences and encounters.

Whether it’s skiing in the Czech Republic or quaffing some of Moldova’s excellent wines, there’s always something different to try and somewhere new to see.

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